Lev Parnas Says It Was All About Biden, Not Corruption

In an explosive interview on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show, Lev Parnas, the indicted Ukrainian-American at the very center of President Trump’s impeachment saga, appears to have dealt a death blow to Trump’s defense when he told host Maddow that all Trump wanted from President Zelensky of Ukraine was dirt on Biden and that he was never interested in rooting out corruption in the country.

Parnas told Maddow, “It[Ukrainegate]was all about Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and also Rudy [Giuliani]had a personal thing with the Manafort stuff, the black ledger. That was another thing that they were looking into. But it was never about corruption, it was strictly about Burisma which included Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.”

This is a very problematic revelation for the Trump team because their entire defense has been that as President, Trump had every right to deny aid to Ukraine if he felt that hard earned U.S. tax dollars would be misappropriated by corrupt Ukrainian officials.

Republican Senators, especially those from swing states who are up for reelection this year, have found it impossible to defend Trump against allegations that he sought help from a foreign country (Ukraine) to dig up dirt on his political opponent (Biden). These Senators have instead rested on the more palatable anti-corruption defense.

If Parnas’ allegation that this was all about Joe Biden pans out, and all indications are that they will, then the vulnerable Republican Senators who have relied on the anti-corruption defense will have no leg to stand on and may be forced to do the unthinkable–put the country’s interests over the GOP and vote to remove Trump from office .

Bottom line folks, we all know that Washington and indeed the rest of the country has become deeply polarized as a result of the Trump presidency. Under any other normal administration, the revelations brought forward by Ukrainegate would be enough to garner bipartisan support both in the House and Senate for a president’s impeachment and removal from office. It will be interesting to see whether partisanship in Washington has become so bad under Trump, that he is allowed to get away with his very troubling conduct re Ukrainegate–the quintessential “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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Lindsey Graham’s Totally Bogus Hearsay Defense

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on CBS’ Face The Nation today and as expected, made a totally bogus defense of President Trump as regards the impeachment inquiry. Sen Graham’s argument was that because the whistleblower complaint is based on “hearsay” (second hand information), it is not credible and cannot be used in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Sen Graham said on Face The Nation, “We are not going to try the President of the United States based on hearsay. Every American has a right to confront their accuser…….” Sen Graham, a lawyer, knows full well that the purpose of the impeachment inquiry is to ascertain whether the allegations in the whistleblower complaint are true and if so to use them as a basis for impeaching Trump. Nobody is “Trying Trump” based on the allegations in the whistleblower complaint. You don’t have to take Yours Truly’s argument for it, just listen to what Republican Congressman Will Hurd, who appeared on Face The Nation right after Sen Graham said.

Congressman Hurd told host Margaret Brennan, “There are troubling issues within the whistleblower’s report, but they are allegations and I think that’s why we should explore these allegations through hearings….in order to get to the bottom of this. I will say this, I was never in a terrorist organization but I collected a lot of intelligence on terrorist organizations when I was an undercover officer in the CIA and so being able to get information second hand is not necessarily a bad thing. I can’t speak to the veracity of this whistleblower’s information but that’s why we bring people in and try to collect facts, understand what was said and be methodical about this…” There you have it forks, Rep Hurd lays out perfectly why there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the whistleblower complaint or the impeachment inquiry as Sen Graham alleges.

It is well known in the legal profession that a complaint does not have to be a first hand account to be credible. Very many meritorious complaints are often based on second-hand information. It is the job of the fact finder (a judge) or in this case Rep Adam Schiff and company, to hold hearings to ascertain whether the allegations in the whistleblower complaint are true. The impeachment inquiry is therefore a perfect vehicle for verifying the allegations made in the whistleblower complaint and it does not in any way violate Trump’s due process rights as Sen Graham, a lawyer, deliberately mischaracterizes it.

Bottom line folks, as Trump’s impeachment inquiry chugs along, expect Trump’s defenders like Sen Lindsey Graham to use every trick in the book to hinder or otherwise derail what is clearly a lawful and necessary impeachment inquiry. Their aim is to prevent the public from getting to the bottom of what happened in Ukraingate and to that end they will do everything to either totally cripple or undermine the integrity of the impeachment inquiry. It is sad that the once respectable Senator Lindsey Graham has stooped to this level and is putting the interests of his political party above our national security interests. If Trump used his office to get a foreign leader to interfere in our elections, the public deserves to know that and Sen Graham should not be working to cripple or malign the impeachment inquiry just to appease Trump. The allegations in the whistleblower complaint raise national security issues, something the old respectable Lindsey Graham might have been concerned about.

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Lindsey Graham’s Impeachment Hypocrisy

CNN’s Inside Politics has uncovered a 1999 video showing then Rep Lindsey Graham arguing for then President Clinton’s impeachment because as chief law enforcement officer, he had not only lied, but also encouraged others to lie for him. Essentially then Rep Graham was saying that by encouraging others to lie for him, Clinton(a Democrat) had obstructed justice and thus needed to be impeached. You will notice that President Trump(a Republican) is currently facing the exact, if not worse accusations, yet Sen Lindsey Graham is now against impeaching Trump.

https://youtu.be/GaBBsvuCbU4

Then Rep Graham specifically said, “He[Clinton] is the chief law enforcement officer in the land. He encouraged people to lie for him. He lied. I think he obstructed justice and I think there’s a compelling case that he has in fact engaged in conduct that would be better for him to leave office than to stay in office.”

Bottom line, Sen Lindsey Graham is up for reelection in 2020 and all indications are that he will cruise to victory. However if Democrats proceed with impeachment proceedings against Trump and expose Trump to have engaged in the same conduct Lindsey Graham wanted Clinton impeached for, the shameful hypocrisy might create an opening for Graham’s 2020 Dem challenger.

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McConnell, Graham Impeachment Hypocrisy

In case you missed it, CNN recently dug up video footage(1999) of GOP Senators Mitch McConnell(KY), Lindsey Graham(SC), and Chuck Grassley(IA) explaining their reasons for supporting President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Listening to the explanations given by Senators McConnell, Graham and Grassley in support of Clinton’s impeachment in 1999 and considering the fact that all of them are now staunch defenders, even abetters of President Trump who is accused of doing far worse, it is hard to avoid the shocking hypocrisy displayed by these three senior U.S. Senators.

Senator Mitch McConnell for example said on February 10, 1999, “The problem is lying under oath and obstructing justice. The subject matter[Monica Lewinsky] is not what is significant here. It is lying under oath and obstructing justice.”

Senator Lindsey Graham said on January 16, 1999, “The point I’m trying to make is you don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic. Impeachment is not about punishment, impeachment is about cleansing the office.”

Senator Chuck Grassley said on January 9, 1999, “We are miraculously transformed from politicians to people who leave their Republican and Democrat labels at the door. We’re there to seek the truth and to find out whether the president is guilty or not guilty, and no stone should be left unturned to make that determination.”

From what we have seen so far, I think it is fair to conclude that Mitch McConnell will never vote to impeach Trump even if evidence was produced proving that Trump obstructed and is still obstructing justice. It is also fair to conclude that Senator Graham will never vote to impeach Trump without a conviction in an effort to “cleanse the office” even if a mountain of evidence was presented showing Trump has defiled/is still defiling the office. As for Senator Grassley, it is likewise fair to conclude that he will never shed his Republican label and vote to impeach Trump even if a determination was made that he was guilty of a crime.

Bottom line, it is not uncommon for politicians from both sides of the aisle to be caught in hypocritical stances. The Trump presidency however has brought political hypocrisy to a whole new alarming level. Simply put, no self-respecting individual who took issue with President Clinton’s lying and obstruction of justice would ever fervently defend Trump, a far worse and serial offender, as Senators Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley have. It is such sickening hypocrisy that turns a lot of young impressionable people away from politics–a sad state of affairs indeed.

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Why Trump’s Impeachment & Removal From Office Is Very Real

After recent developments in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) case involving longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen, the mainstream media is rife with stories about how the fallout from the Cohen case could expose Trump to criminal liability and possible impeachment proceedings

Almost all the reporting from the mainstream media seems to indicate that by directing Michael Cohen to pay hush money to adult film star Stephanie Clifford(aka Stormy Daniels) and Playboy model Karen McDougal, Trump’s only criminal liability is felony campaign law violation. This idea that Trump is only looking at campaign law violations in regards to Michael Cohen has become so prevalent that the usual Trump defenders have already crafted a defense for him–the “intent” defense. 

Trump’s defenders are already out there making the argument, a very credible one, that in order to convict on a campaign law violation, the prosecution will have to prove intent–in this case, that Trump ordered Cohen to make the hush payments for campaign purposes. Trump’s lawyers will obviously counter that he ordered the payments to shield his family, especially his wife Melania from embarrassment–a very good defense, albeit untrue. 

Remember in criminal cases in order to obtain a conviction, the prosecution has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Here any reasonable person would agree that Trump’s lawyers can create enough reasonable doubt as to his intent in ordering the hush payments, to beat the case. This is precisely why Trump loyalists are already downplaying his potential campaign law violations.  

What is shockingly left out of the mainstream media coverage however, that should greatly worry Trump loyalists is the fact that in regards to Michael Cohen, campaign law violations are Trump’s least problems. Trump’s real criminal liability in regards to Michael Cohen come in the form of bank fraud, money laundering and wire fraud–all very serious felonies which if New York prosecutors can present evidence of, will almost certainly lead to his impeachment and removal from office. You don’t have to take Yours Truly’s word for it, just listen to what former FBI Assistant Director for Counter Intelligence Frank Figluzzi said on MSNBC’s Deadline White House show. The full Deadline White House segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

Figliuzzi told Deadline White House host Nicolle Wallace; “…He[Trump] was directing this activity allegedly and the activity is far more Nicolle than simply trying to keep women quiet that you had an affair with. We are talking about directing things like bank fraud, money laundering, wire fraud……” Folks, if the Southern District of New York prosecutors can present evidence that Trump either did or directed Cohen to commit bank fraud, money laundering or wire fraud, serious felonies often associated with organized crime, you can rest assured that GOP Senators Collins, Rubio, Sasse, Murkowski and others will join the Democrats in removing him from office. Given the fact that Cohen has been cooperating, there’s a very good chance that SDNY prosecutors already have evidence of bank fraud, money laundering and wire fraud. 

Bottom line folks, contrary to the characterizations you are hearing from the mainstream media, this Michael Cohen story is deadly serious and is about much more than campaign finance violations. Trump faces a very real possibility of impeachment and removal from office because of potential bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering cases that can be made against him as a result of Michael Cohen’s cooperation with SDNY.

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Lindsey Graham Inciting Trump To Fire Sessions

Senator Lindsey Graham(R-SC)

Now that Trump has been implicated in criminal conduct by the Michael Cohen plea deal and is in danger of further exposure from the Paul Manafort case and a grant of immunity to his former chief accountant Allen Weisselberg, it appears the new GOP protective stance is to incite him to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a move that could end Mueller probe altogether.


Chief among his inciters is U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who was once regarded as a reasonable moderate and a check to Trump’s unconventional presidency. It appears according to media reports however that Sen Graham has done a complete about face and is now basically inciting Trump to fire Sessions in an effort to insulate Trump from the gathering storm that is the Mueller probe. So you ask “Wait @emolclause, how is Sen Graham inciting Trump?” Here’s why.

It is well known that Trump is a major consumer of cable TV news. Back in 2017 Sen Graham went on a cable TV show and said there would be “holy hell to pay” if Trump fired Sessions. His statements were correctly characterized by the mainstream media as a stern message to Trump to not even think about firing Sessions. The same Sen Graham has now taken to cable TV news this time saying Trump has a right to install a favorable attorney general. Sen Graham told reporters recently:”The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice.”

There is no other way to interpret Senator Graham’s recent comments regarding AG Jeff Sessions other than he(Sen Graham) is sending a message to Trump that there will no longer be “holy hell to pay” if Trump fired Sessions–essentially inciting him to do so. Sen Graham’s surprise 180 degrees flip was best captured by this tweet by prominent women empowerment activist Amy Siskind


It appears at every turn when the public has gotten close to finding out the truth about Trump’s very questionable conduct with Russians, congressional Republicans have always stepped in to protect him and Sen Lindsey Graham appears to be the latest. As Yours Truly has repeatedly stated, and the Washington Post now agrees, Trump is not necessarily the problem but rather his abetting congressional Republicans like Sen Lindsey Graham.


Bottom line Senate Democrats and the mainstream media must confront Sen Lindsey Graham about his strange about-face regarding AG Jeff Sessions. Yours Truly wishes someone would soon pose Amy Siskind’s question to Sen Graham–“What does Putin have on you Senator Graham”?

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